Saturday, December 31, 2016

Interleaving Practice

I have learned that Interleaving Practice is an "official learning technique" from my favorite author - Barbara Oakley and I am glad she took the time and effort to educate the world about it. I would not be surprised, however, to hear from someone else, that they had been doing the same thing for a long time... The reasoning behind it makes absolute sense to me, and is very well described in the video from GoCognitive that you see in this post.
Since I teach a high school Geometry for both - regular (1-year) and a 2-year Common Core sequences, - I have to have a flexible scaffold-able unit for each of the big ideas. A unit, that would allow to teach at different learning rates a) prerequisite material, b) material that needs to be spiraled, and c) the new material. Sounds like a job for Interleaving practitioner!
I have been intentionally using this practice (or so I want to believe) in my instruction for a few years now. This holiday season I, finally, devoted some time to neatly organize my Area and Perimeter Unit.
...My next post will be an overview of the results...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Something to consider for organizing resources...any advice ?

    I am considering a platform to organize my resources. I already have a word document with a simple log of related items, but it is not the most convenient for my students source to use, since sometimes titles ( I want to say "text") can be not as helpful for them as pictures for identifying the type of information they may be looking for.
   This is my first experiment with  www.thinglink.com  basic account, which allows 5 free links per image.
 I have an image of a geometry mind map (bisectors) and my youtube videos with basic explanations attached to them. It is good to go for my 2-year-Geometry classes or for a Regents Geometry class Review.
    If not this, than I can see 2 other possibilities. One is: just post all videos and docs on my classes pages, in the order I teach them , organized by chapters. The other thought is to have a full unit mind map from www.imindmap.com with videos and docs attached. This may be costly, but faster to generate maps, and there would be no limit for the attachments...
    Can anyone advise me on this?